Guardiola hails incredible City following Cherries win

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Pep Guardiola hailed one of the finest performances of his Manchester City reign following the 1-0 win at Bournemouth.

Pep Guardiola hailed one of the finest performances of his Manchester City reign following the 1-0 win at Bournemouth.

Substitute Riyad Mahrez scored the second-half winner at the Vitality Stadium to move Guardiola’s champions two points above title rivals Liverpool at the top of the table ahead of today’s Merseyside derby.

City, who prevented the hosts from registering a shot on target, dominated proceedings in Dorset and would have won by a far bigger margin had it not been for an inspired second-half performance from Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

‘We make an incredible performance today, one of the best performance we ever played,’ said Guardiola.

‘We didn’t concede one shot on target.

‘Every time we lose the ball, we had three or four guys going there to pick up and recover the ball and play.

‘They (Bournemouth) were incredibly well organised, 11 players in the box, there were really no spaces, and we found them.

‘I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of the season but these players deserve all my admiration, all my respect.

‘It’s incredible how good they played today.

Today is a special moment for all of us.’

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